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A New Golden Age of Musical Theater

In a recent article, American Theatre writer Suzy Evans questions, A New Golden Age for the Broadway Musical? Evans points to an on-screen renaissance, via such films as The Greatest Showman and Mary Poppins Returns, and to the fact that "cast recordings for Hamilton and Dear Evan Hansen are hitting the Billboard Top 20, marking the first time in 54 years -- since Hello, Dolly! and Fiddler on the Roof-- that two stage-born albums were in the Top 20." Photo Credit: "Dear Evan Hansen" Evans adds:...

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Experience

Magic Mike Live Will Light Up the Strip

We wrote about Games of Thrones getting in on the live event action when HBO launched an interactive art installation, Art of the Throne, in NYC featuring works inspired by the fantasy series. Now Magic Mike is coming to Vegas: Magic Mike Live is scheduled to open at the Hard Rock in Las Vegas next March, writes Michael Cuby for Flavorwire. In a video featuring Channing Tatum accompanying Cuby's article, the actor explains his vision: "We want to create a place...

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Fans

Film, TV and Video Game Composer Michael Gordon Shapiro Is Inspired By

As Jim has written before, “A ticket to a great show or game is not just entertainment — it’s a personal upgrade.” Seeing a live show can — and often does — inspire your own personal creativity. Here’s another interview with an inspiring, creative person from Goldstar Pulse. Michael Gordon Shapiro jokes that he writes music for film, TV and video games in order to finance his musical theater habit. He’s written a collection of award-winning short (10-15 minute) musicals...

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Fans

Film Consultant Jaclynn Robinson Is Inspired By

As Jim has written before, "A ticket to a great show or game is not just entertainment -- it’s a personal upgrade." Seeing a live show can -- and often does -- inspire your own personal creativity. Here's another interview with an inspiring, creative person from Goldstar Pulse. If you’ve ever wondered how crime dramas create such real-life characters and storylines, then it’s time you met film consultant Jaclynn Robinson. Through her company Nine Muses Productions, she brings psychology and...

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Marketing

Think Outside the Industry: Alice Falls Back

What better way to promote your upcoming film -- or event -- than piggyback on something that everyone is experiencing ... like daylight saving time? On November 1 at 7:07am, Disney tweeted an 11-second video of Alice "falling back" to promote its new live-action film Alice Through the Looking Glass, featuring Johnny Depp, Anne Hathaway, Mia Wasikowska, Helena Bonham Carter and Sacha Baron Cohen. "Today is a very important date," read the tweet. You can watch the video here. Got a...

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Pricing

Ticket Buyers Don’t Care What You Spend on Your Show

A couple weeks ago, the BBC website reported on the comments made by the head of a UK movie studio that suggested movie tickets should be priced based on the costs incurred in making the movie. So, for example, the article said, “An independent British film should cost 4 pounds, and a Hollywood blockbuster 10 [pounds].” This led to a discussion in the live entertainment and arts world whether the same thing might be true for live entertainment tickets, and a...

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Pricing

Movie Theaters Step Up Their Game in a Bid to Boost Profits

If you want to charge more for tickets, then naturally you need to offer more to audiences. Jim touched on this subject in an earlier post and said the following: "One of the most powerful things you can do in many cases is to charge more. If you’ve got any kind of audience at all, part of that audience likes you and is willing to pay you more if you have something more that you can offer them. ... The lesson...

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Experience

Two New Cinema Developments Worth Keeping an Eye on

Of course, there are many differences between watching a movie and experiencing live entertainment, but that doesn't mean the two industries can't learn from each other -- or that it's not worthwhile to pay attention to what the other is doing. A few new innovations have popped up in the film world recently that caught our eye. First, in China, theaters are experimenting with streaming live comments from audiences onto the screen. The reception has been lukewarm at best (see...

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Promo of the Week

Promo of the Week: Into the Woods Teaser Images

Fans of the Tony-winning musical have another reason to be excited: Walt Disney Pictures released teaser photos of the film adaption. These vivid images of Meryl Streep, Chris Pine and Anna Kendrick will surely get people talking about the movie, but do you think they might cause some increased interest in the play as well? Check out RopeofSilicon.com for the full lineup and a trailer, or take a look at a few of our favorites below. Photos Courtesy of Walt...

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Innovation

Serenbe Playhouse’s Best Kept Secret Is Out

Serenbe Playhouse founder Brian Clowdus was chosen as a 2014 "15 under 40" Honoree by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles. His accomplishment? "Serenbe Playhouse under Clowdus’ guardianship is a fierce force in Atlanta theater -- doubling audiences each season, selling out shows and winning awards like “Best Musical” by BroadwayWorld and ArtsATL for last season’s Hair." "Serenbe Playhouse has grown so much in five years, and I count my lucky stars that we are able to grow like this in a...

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